Federal Funding Opportunities with the EDA through the CARES Act

This blog is the third in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the Covid-19 pandemic response. Program Description On May 7, 2020, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) released a Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) Notice […]

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Rising Economic Development Spending in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Over the past several years, the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database team has noticed a sizeable uptick in the volume of state funds Virginia has allocated toward promoting  economic development. This substantial rise in state expenditures is accompanied by relatively stagnant federal funding. The figure charts the change in state expenditures for the commonwealth […]

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SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs Offer Key Resources through the CARES Act

This blog is the second in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Program Description  The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) manages several technical assistance programs that provide training and counseling to small business. The network […]

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Enhanced Partnership Opportunities with MEP Centers through the CARES Act

This blog is the first in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the Covid-19 pandemic response. Program Description The MEP National Network™ is a public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth […]

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C2ER COVID-19 Member Survey

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On March 10th of this year, C2ER distributed a survey—to both members and non-members—with the goal of exploring how respondents were addressing and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey remained opened until April 1, accruing 105 responses from C2ER members and 101 additional responses from non-members. Question 1 asked respondents how their organization been […]

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The Role of Certifications and Licenses in State Post-Secondary Attainment Goals

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The above map shows state post-secondary attainment goals. Scroll over a state to see more information on its attainment goals. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this series here. Forty-two states have […]

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Trends in Certification and License Attainment and Earnings by Education Level

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The above figure shows the attainment rate and difference in median weekly earnings between workers with and without a certification or license by education level. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this […]

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New Data on the Attainment of Certifications and Licenses

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The above map provides state-level attainment rates. Scroll over your state to see how it compares nationally! The attainment rate is the percentage of the population with a certification or license, according to the LMI Institute’s analysis of Current Population Survey data made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This article is part of […]

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New Report: How Credentials Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Work

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According to a new report from Strada, Veterans Without Degrees, veterans not only hold more non-degree credentials than the general population, but those with credentials also have better employment and earnings outcomes. 

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State Investment in Workforce Development on the Rise

Written by Jacob Stenstrom When analyzing spending on workforce development activities as part of states’ overall economic development expenditures, there has been a substantial increase over the last decade. For the budget year covering 2020, states have committed to spending a total of $1.76 billion on workforce preparation and development. This is more than double […]

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